Start-ups prepare for #CLP17

14 September 2017

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is offering people the opportunity to watch eleven climate start-ups battle it out in the Scottish finals of global green ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad.

The fledgling entrepreneurs will go head to head in a pitching event at ECCI on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the hope of winning a place in the global final of the competition.

The businesses – whose ideas range from a social enterprise that makes recycled leather shoes to a building block made from crops – have been given dedicated support by ECCI to develop a rock-solid business plan and prepare their bid for success in the competition.

ClimateLaunchpad is the biggest cleantech competition in the world, running in more than 30 countries.

This year ECCI is running the scheme in Scotland as part of its broader partnership with Climate-KIC, Europe’s biggest climate entrepreneurship programme.

The panel of judges for the Scottish ClimateLaunchpad finals includes Zero Waste Scotland Chief Executive Iain Gulland, Sefton Laing, who heads up sustainable banking at RBS/Natwest and Gill MacAuley, Managing Director of the Strathclyde University Incubator and angel investment syndicate Gabriel Investments.

The top three winners of the Scottish competition will go on to compete in the worldwide Grand Final in Cyprus in October 2017. There is prize money of up to €10,000 for the top three Grand Final winners. On top of that the top ten winners move on to the renowned Climate-KIC Accelerator programme, also offered by ECCI, to help low carbon start-ups get investment-ready.

Ed Craig, ECCI’s Deputy Director and Head of Innovation who is chairing the judging panel, said: “It’s been great to see the journey our home-grown start-ups have been on since winning a place on ClimateLaunchpad 2017.

“We’ve been supporting them to develop their ideas into a successful business plan and coaching them to compete against the world’s best.

“For the successful start-ups, the new climate economy will be there for the taking – we can’t wait to see who makes it through.”

Register to attend the Scottish finals of ClimateLaunchpad 2017.